The number of people working in the metro Augusta area has reached an all-time high, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday.
People employed in the Augusta-Aiken region during November was 244,000, up 2,100 from a previous high of 241,900 in October. Most of the job growth came in professional and business services, trade, transportation and warehousing, and leisure and hospitality. Claims for unemployment insurance also fell.
“This is a great jobs report,” State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said. “All the significant numbers are trending in the right direction. In fact, records are being set. This is further proof of our growing, dynamic economy.”
Employment in the Augusta-Aiken area has grown by 6,000 new jobs since November 2016, a 2.5 percent growth rate, comparing favorably to the state’s 1.9 percent rate and the nation’s 1.4 percent rate.
Year-over-year job growth mirrored many of the same industries as the monthly job growth report but also included sectors such as education and health services, state and local government, and the goods-producing sector such as manufacturing and construction.
The metro area’s labor market, which includes people who are employed as well as those who are unemployed but actively looking for work, hit 269,843, up 5,845 since November 2016.
Unemployment claims were down by 16 percent to 1,160. The November unemployment rate, 4.5 percent, was down one-tenth from 4.6 percent in October. A year ago the November rate was 5 percent.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,818 new active job postings in metro Augusta for November.